Taking The Sting Out Of Summer {Review & Giveaway}

This summer has been an absolute scorcher so far which has been amazing. It’s the perfect weather for barbecues, beaches and unfortunately insects of the stinging variety. The heat wave has been the perfect climate for horseflies, gnats, bees, wasps and all those other stinging critters.

None of us has escaped the odd bite and sting so far this year. Although inevitable there are definitely ways to combat and relieve a summer bite or sting. I was recently sent some great products to help our family to take the sting out of summer.

Vie Spray-On Anti Mosquito & Insect Repellent 

Suitable for the whole family including children and babies, Vie Anti-Mosquito spray is an all natural deet free formula. Paraban free and dermatologically tested, it’s perfect for those with sensitive skin too.

I really like how easy the spray is to apply, a spray-on application is so much easier when you have wriggly little ones. The formula has a pleasant smell which surprised me as products we’ve used in the past have smelled quite strong.

I found that the formula absorbed into the skin quickly and left a lovely fresh feeling afterwards too.

We used the spray before heading out to the park and all came home unscathed for once. I’m all for making myself less appetising to the insect world.

The bottle is the perfect size for popping in a bag for days out at the seaside or park. It’s also a great size for taking on holiday too, we are off to Majorca next year so I will definitely be using this to ward off the mosquitos.

Vie Spray-On Anti Mosquito is available at Amazon priced at £7.95 for 100ml. 

Vie After Bite Roll-On

Vie after bite provides soothing relief from insect bites. It’s natural active ingredients, Aloe, Chamomile, Calendula and Mallow are suitable for the most delicate and sensitive skin. The roll-on is perfect for the whole family and a great size to take on holidays or days out.

I really liked how compact this roll-on is, I could easily pop it in my bag or pocket on days out. The rolling ball is calibrated so it only releases the correct amount needed per use. The anti-bike soaked into our skin quickly and didn’t leave any greasy feeling behind.

The kids commented on how nice it smelt on their skin, it’s got a really subtle powdery fragrance. It reminded me of baby powder. I love that the product is all natural as I do often worry about using chemicals on their skin.

Vie After Bite Roll-On is available at Amazon priced at £3.95 for 20ml.

Zap It! Mosquito Bite Relief 

Zap It! is a pocket-sized bite relief device for mosquito and other insect bites. It’s battery free, contains no toxic chemicals and is clinically proven. The device works by delivering a safe electrical discharge which inhibits the release of histamine. Zap It! works to reduce the itching associated with insect bites.

I’m already a big fan of Zap It!, it’s a staple in my holiday essentials kit. I’ve been using it for years and it’s always helped to relieve the itch after a few nasty mosquito bites on holiday. I love the size of it and that it comes with a metal ring so I can attach it to my keys or purse.

I recently learned that it can be used on nettle stings too, no doubt I will get to test that out soon.

Zap It! Mosquito Bite Relief is available at Amazon priced at £4.10 for 30g.

I have kindly been offered five Zap It! devices to give away to our readers. If you would like to win you can enter the giveaway using the gleam widget below. Make sure you pop back daily for an extra bonus entry. Have a read the terms and conditions and best of luck with your entry.

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  • The Closing date is 09.08.2018 11.59pm.
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  1. Tracy Nixon
    July 19th 2018 / 10:31 AM

    I apply HC45 Hydrocortisone Cream and I also have Mr Men Bite and Sting Plasters for the kids x

  2. Solange
    July 19th 2018 / 3:32 PM

    I use a soothing ointment, antihistamine tablets or steroid cream.

  3. cheryl hadfield
    July 22nd 2018 / 6:12 PM

    I use avon skin so soft original

  4. Margaret Clarkson
    July 27th 2018 / 10:09 PM

    antiseptic cream

  5. iain maciver
    July 27th 2018 / 10:31 PM

    avon skin so soft original

  6. Maria blythin
    July 28th 2018 / 12:52 AM

    vinegar and then metanium ointment

  7. Rachel Craig
    July 28th 2018 / 5:14 AM

    Soothing antiseptic cream.

  8. Julie Clark
    July 28th 2018 / 6:55 AM

    If ur unfortunate enough to get a bite, I always use Aloe Vera gel that’s been kept in the fridge, fantastic stuff!

  9. Katie
    July 28th 2018 / 8:01 AM

    just with antiseptic bite cream

  10. Amandeep Sibia
    July 28th 2018 / 11:02 AM

    Currently use some after bite cream.

  11. Chris Andrews
    July 28th 2018 / 2:25 PM

    How do you relieve insect bites and stings ? with difficulty ha ha

  12. Susan B
    July 28th 2018 / 3:08 PM

    Usually with antihistamine or a menthol cooling cream or gel.

  13. Sheena Batey
    July 28th 2018 / 5:53 PM

    With antihistamine cream

  14. Laura Pritchard
    July 28th 2018 / 7:06 PM

    Cooling antiseptic gel

  15. pete c
    July 28th 2018 / 8:45 PM

    antiseptic gel, but also hope to have minimised beforehand by having a course of garlic tablets

  16. Isabell Whitenstall
    July 28th 2018 / 9:06 PM

    I use Savlon

  17. Amanda tanner
    July 28th 2018 / 10:32 PM

    I just ride them out don’t currently use anything

  18. Neil Mctaggart
    July 29th 2018 / 7:21 AM

    Zap it sounds great!

  19. Fay
    July 29th 2018 / 12:06 PM

    By scratching them! Lol. I’ve only started to get bitten in the last year so need to start looking for products to help

  20. Emma C
    July 29th 2018 / 4:06 PM

    Antihistamine cream – had loads this year 🙁

  21. john prendergast
    July 29th 2018 / 7:50 PM

    Ice pack then apply antiseptic cream

    July 29th 2018 / 8:11 PM

    I always keep Aloe Vera gel in the fridge in case I get bitten

  23. Carolyn E
    July 29th 2018 / 8:26 PM

    I try unsuccessfully to ignore them as I can never find a pharmacist when I need to!

  24. Janet Birkin
    July 29th 2018 / 8:36 PM

    A dab of vinegar

  25. Keri Jones
    July 30th 2018 / 8:41 AM

    We have a cream called Anthisan. My husband always gets bitten, it’s awful x

  26. claire griffiths
    July 30th 2018 / 12:16 PM

    antiseptic cream or gel

  27. Christina Palmer
    July 30th 2018 / 5:00 PM

    A cooling antiseptic cream and taking a antihistamine

  28. Amanda Baggott
    July 31st 2018 / 11:35 AM

    I use chilled aloe vera

  29. Jodie Hailstone
    July 31st 2018 / 2:56 PM

    Lots of ice

  30. Ruth Harwood
    August 1st 2018 / 8:11 AM

    sudocrem and hugs!!

  31. Tracy Newton
    August 1st 2018 / 2:10 PM

    Antihistamine tablets and scratching

  32. Irene McTaggart
    August 2nd 2018 / 7:53 AM

    Will try anything

  33. Michelle Ferguson
    August 2nd 2018 / 4:54 PM

    I suffer really badly from mozzie bites so I always wear a band to try not to get bit in the first place

  34. paula cheadle
    August 3rd 2018 / 11:44 PM

    Antihistamine cream

  35. Christine Caple
    August 4th 2018 / 6:43 PM

    I usually use antihistamine cream

  36. Carole Nott
    August 5th 2018 / 9:45 AM

    Hate these bites – i always get targetted by the mozzies! I use all sorts of antiseptic creams

  37. sheri Darby
    August 6th 2018 / 5:16 PM

    I have some wonderful organic Rosemary cream that seems to work on anything

    August 6th 2018 / 6:13 PM

    For me it has to be using antiseptic creams for the bites and stings.

  39. Juli Savage
    August 7th 2018 / 10:43 AM

    Germoline cream or an Icecube

  40. debbie jayne davies
    August 7th 2018 / 2:17 PM

    I use superdrugs Hydrocortisone 1% Cream its amazing for bites. I am always on the lookout for stuff that actually stops us getting bit in the first place . we are off to corfu in a few weeks and apparently there are loads of mozzies there so would love to win this!

  41. Debbie Finnerty
    August 7th 2018 / 10:06 PM

    Ice pack and germoline

  42. Simone Griffin
    August 8th 2018 / 6:17 AM

    I normally buy insect repellent x

  43. Gill Williams
    August 8th 2018 / 8:57 AM

    I don’t use anything, just leave the bite to heal on it’s own.

  44. Anthea Holloway
    August 8th 2018 / 1:51 PM

    I use Savlon or other antiseptic creams.

  45. Kim M
    August 8th 2018 / 5:00 PM

    Aloe vera gel or savlon

  46. Sam Parkes
    August 8th 2018 / 9:40 PM

    With bite cream

  47. janine atkin
    August 9th 2018 / 7:08 AM

    i use bite cream but it doesnt always help

  48. Petra Beck
    August 9th 2018 / 8:10 AM

    Tiger balm is my first port of call, or antihistamine gel.

  49. gillian mcclelland
    August 9th 2018 / 12:58 PM

    I use antiseptic cream

  50. Jeanette Leighton
    August 9th 2018 / 1:22 PM

    With sudocrem

  51. Sally Collingwood
    August 9th 2018 / 1:42 PM

    I bathe it in dettol, stings but works!

  52. Lisa Bell
    August 9th 2018 / 2:55 PM

    I have bite off stick that brought from Sainsbury’s always have it in the nappy bag so handy.

  53. Natalie Crossan
    August 9th 2018 / 4:35 PM

    With antiseptic cream x

  54. Adrian Bold
    August 9th 2018 / 5:17 PM

    Antihistamine tablets

  55. Rachael obrien
    August 9th 2018 / 7:43 PM

    Aloe Vera chunk from plant I have and some sudocreme

  56. Nikki Easton-Campbell
    August 9th 2018 / 8:21 PM

    I use sudocrem on bites and stings! it works ok but i’m sure there is something better!

  57. Janine Houghton
    August 9th 2018 / 9:05 PM

    Nothing seems to work and I just end up getting irritable

  58. Tee Simpson
    August 9th 2018 / 9:54 PM

    I dont. When I get bitten I find it really hard not to scratch. I try antihestimine

  59. Craig Hindle
    August 9th 2018 / 11:34 PM

    I use antihistamine tablets to relieve bites or stings

  60. Chris hindle
    August 9th 2018 / 11:35 PM

    I don’t use anything to relieve bites or stings unless they severe then I will try antiseptic gel or antibiotics.

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